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Preparing for Emergencies

Emergencies can strike at anytime, anywhere and without warning. The good news is, it's easy to protect yourself, the people you love and the things you value most. Set a calendar reminder to get prepared during Emergency Ready Week.

  • Get in the know
  • Get connected
  • Get ready

Do one simple thing to prepare for an emergency. Download Get Prepared, co-created by Australian Red Cross and general insurer IAG, to keep your emergency plan close to hand.

Hawkesbury City Council encourages you to prepare and stay safe in a disaster or a time of crisis by downloading and completing an emergency plan on the Get Prepared app.

The app helps you connect with your key support people, accomplish simple tasks to make you and your loved ones safer, and protect the things that matter most to you.

Get Prepared is a free and easy to use, one-stop tool to help you prepare for any type of emergency. You can:

  • Establish a quick and easy network of support with your three key contacts
  • Review the risks relevant to where you live
  • Create checklists of actions to make an emergency plan
  • Save the emergency plan as a PDF to be printed and shared with others

Get the 'get prepared' app download here getprepared.app.link/Hawkesbury_City_Council

Emergencies can strike at anytime, anywhere and without warning. The good news is, it's easy to protect yourself, the people you love and the things you value most. Set a calendar reminder to get prepared during Emergency Ready Week.

  • Get in the know
  • Get connected
  • Get ready

Do one simple thing to prepare for an emergency. Download Get Prepared, co-created by Australian Red Cross and general insurer IAG, to keep your emergency plan close to hand.

Hawkesbury City Council encourages you to prepare and stay safe in a disaster or a time of crisis by downloading and completing an emergency plan on the Get Prepared app.

The app helps you connect with your key support people, accomplish simple tasks to make you and your loved ones safer, and protect the things that matter most to you.

Get Prepared is a free and easy to use, one-stop tool to help you prepare for any type of emergency. You can:

  • Establish a quick and easy network of support with your three key contacts
  • Review the risks relevant to where you live
  • Create checklists of actions to make an emergency plan
  • Save the emergency plan as a PDF to be printed and shared with others

Get the 'get prepared' app download here getprepared.app.link/Hawkesbury_City_Council

  • Emergency Ready Week

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    Having faced bushfires, floods, storms, the current pandemic, heatwaves, power blackouts and other emergencies, the Hawkesbury community knows that emergencies can strike at anytime, anywhere and without warning.

    The good news is that getting prepared will make it so much easier to protect yourself, the people and animals you love, and the things you value most.

    Emergency Ready Week will be held from Monday, 20 September to Sunday, 27 September. You can use the Australian Red Cross resources at redcross.org.au/prepare to:

    • create an emergency plan – make an emergency plan for your household to protect what matters most
    • download the Get Prepared App – build and keep your emergency plan close to hand with the app
    • use a survival kit checklist – build your survival kit with the Red Cross handy emergency checklist.

    Being prepared is the key to resilience, the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Patrick Conolly said.

    “I hope that our community members will share this message about getting prepared,” the Mayor said.

    “Let your friends and family know how simple it is to start getting prepared for emergencies, and tell them about the Get Prepared App.”

    Download the free Red Cross Get Prepared App at getprepared.app.link/Hawkesbury_City_Council to start your emergency plan today.

    Bookmark the Hawkesbury Disaster and Emergency Dashboard at https://disaster.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au or go to Council’s website hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au and click on the Emergencies tab. The dashboard provides updates on road conditions, weather warnings, fire incidents, power outages, flood alerts, bush fire alerts and school closures.

    Get ready for summer in five simple steps:

    1. Know your risk - think about the area you’re in and the types of disasters that could affect you;

    2. Plan now - sit down and talk with your family and plan for what you will do if a disaster affects your area;

    3. Get your home ready - prepare your home by doing general home maintenance and checking your insurance coverage;

    4. Be aware - find out how to prepare, what to do if there is a disaster in your area and connect with NSW emergency services to stay informed;

    5. Look out for each other - share information with your family, friends, neighbours and those who may need assistance.

    Remember your pets.

    See 10 top tips from the RSPCA NSW to help keep your pets cool https://bit.ly/2QzoOR2

    Bushfire

    The annual Get Ready weekend was recently held across NSW by the NSW Rural Fire Service. To find out more about preparing your home and property for bushfire, visit rfs.nsw.gov.au/news-and-media/getready and develop a fire plan via this link myfireplan.com.au

    High flood risk

    The Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley is a high flood risk region. With near full dams and wetter catchments, there is a higher risk of flooding with each rain event. Check your flood risk and find out how to prepare for future floods at myfloodrisk.nsw.gov.au

    Find out about preparing for other hazards at https://resilience.nsw.gov.au/prepare.html

    Storms

    Preparing now can help reduce damage caused by severe storms. See the simple things that you can do to prepare your home at ses.nsw.gov.au/storm-resources/before-a-storm/prepare-your-home

    Extreme heat

    Along with preparing for bushfires and floods, the Hawkesbury is subject to extreme heat, which can pose a serious risk to health and wellbeing. It is important to prepare well ahead of a heatwave.

    During heatwaves everyone is at risk of heat-related illness, however, some people are at higher risk. See the tips from NSW Health on how to stay safe during the extreme heat conditions https://bit.ly/36DfiBN

    To help stay cool, you can install curtains or blinds to block out sun and heat when needed; shade your windows, especially west-facing windows, with a tree or with blockout screens; check that your fans and air-conditioners are working. Council also has an extreme heat policy for its facilities during heatwaves; COVID-Safe procedures apply and subject to facilities being open.

    Help our local wildlife on extreme heat days by placing water containers in the shade for them. Follow this link for information from WIRES on how to identify and help heat stressed wildlife wires.org.au/blog/heat-stressed-wildlife-1

    Other links

    See COVID-19 updates for Hawkesbury residents on Council’s website hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au (click on the green banner at the top of the homepage) and NSW health updates and advice at nsw.gov.au/covid-19

    See the Bureau of Meteorology’s Heatwave Service map for heatwave predictions at bom.gov.au/australia/heatwave

    ABC Emergency brings warnings and coverage of emergencies to one place before, during and after times of crisis and disaster. Read more at abc.net.au/emergency

  • Read the Hawkesbury Gazette Article

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    https://www.hawkesburygazette.com.au/story/6894402/preparation-is-the-key-to-dealing-with-emergencies/?cs=1453

  • Li'l Larikkins - Preparing for an Emergency

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    Students explore the importance of having a box or bag prepared with items of significant or emotional value in the case of a bushfire threat. This box doesn’t need to contain emergency items (like the emergency kit) but rather items such as photos, important documents or anything of significant personal value that wouldn’t be safe in the home. This lesson is an opportunity to discuss the home bush fire survival plan and the importance of leaving early.

    Watch more of Li'l Larikkins here

  • Bush Fire Fact - Don't give fire a chance

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    Learn more about important bush fire facts. View Here

  • Prepare. Act. Survive. | How Fireproof is Your Plan?

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    Check out the 2018-2021 Prepare. Act. Survive. public awareness campaign - 'How Fireproof is Your Plan? Click Me

  • Inside the Gosper's Mountain mega-fire - the biggest bushfire Australia's ever seen | ABC News

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    Firefighters said nothing could stop the Gospers Mountain mega fire. Here's why Sydney was spared

    An ABC visual investigation reveals fresh details about Australia's biggest-ever bushfire, which scorched more than 1 million hectares last summer and left a trail of destruction on Sydney's doorstep. Data, fresh pictures and interviews collide to create a new narrative of the Gospers Mountain “mega-blaze.”

    Just north of Sydney in October 2019, a tree was hit by lightning. That burning tree would go on to be the source of the Gosper's Mountain bushfire, which joined with four others to become a single mega-blaze.


  • Preparing for Emergencies

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    Take one step at a time.

    Get in the know - Getting in the know is your vital first step toward being prepared for an emergency.
    For more information visit www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/prepare/know

    Get Connected -Emergencies often occur during the day when people are at work or school.
    For more information visit www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/prepare/connected

    Get Organised -will reduce stress and save you precious time as you recover.
    For more information visit www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/prepare/organised

    Get Packing -In an emergency, you often don’t have time to think, let alone pack. By packing a survival kit in advance, you can save yourself a lot of time and stress.
    For more information visit www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/prepare/packing

  • Snapshot of Flooding in Richmond and Windsor

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    NSW State Emergency Service

    See how flooding can impact bridges and roads in the Hawkesbury as well as turning some suburbs into flood islands.

    Learn more: www.ses.nsw.gov.au/hawkesbury-nepean-floods

  • Why Hawkesbury-Nepean floods are so dangerous.

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    Learn how the unique ‘bath tub effect’ in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley causes floodwaters to back-up and cause deep and dangerous flooding.

    For more information visit www.ses.nsw.gov.au or to learn more about Hawkesbury-Nepean flooding www.ses.nsw.gov.au/hawkesbury-nepean-floods

  • It will flood again...

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    Five of the 10 largest floods since the record flood of 1867 have occurred since Warragamba Dam was completed in 1960. The last major flood was in 1990.

    View remarkable footage of the impacts of these significant floods.

    Learn more about Hawkesbury -Nepean flooding
    www.ses.nsw.gov.au/hawkesbury-nepean-floods

Page last updated: 23 September 2021, 08:32